Rudy's Rare Records

Venue: Main House

Dates: 24 Sep 2014 - 5 Oct 2014

Price(s): £ 25 - £ 10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)

Starring Lenny Henry, and based on the BBC Radio 4 series, this touching comedy with real rhythm is set in an old reggae record shop in Birmingham, which is owned by the irrepressible Rudy Sharpe with the assistance of his long-suffering son Adam. The show features a live onstage band playing hits from the likes of Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Sam Cooke, Sugarhill Gang and more!

With Rudy's (Larrington Walker) chaotic "if it ain't on the shelf, it's on the floor" style clashing with Adam's (Lenny Henry) love for order, the record shop becomes a battleground for both men. When Adam's son (E4 and YouTube star, Joivan Wade) comes back from uni, a whole new rhythm gets added to the mix! But when greedy developers spot the shop, father and son must put their differences aside and battle to keep the music alive.

Rudy's Rare Records stars Lenny Henry, one of the country's best loved personalities, who has recently established himself as a formidable actor (Othello – Trafalgar Studios, Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award, Comedy of Errors - National Theatre). The show is written by co-creator Danny Robins and directed by Paulette Randall.

To get you in the mood listen to our Rudy’s Rare Records playlist to hear songs which were featured in the radio series.

This is a family show but some content may not be suitable for very young audiences. A PG rating would be recommended.

Connected Events

Post-Show Talks
Thu 25 Sep & Wed 1 Oct
Post-show cast Q&As free to ticket holders for that evening's performance.

Cast & Creatives

Adam - Lenny Henry
Rudy - Larrington Walker
Clifton - Jeffery Kissoon
Richie - Joivan Wade
Doreen - Lorna Gayle
Tasha - Natasha Godfrey

Writer and co-creator Danny Robins
Dramaturg and co-creator Lenny Henry
Director Paulette Randall
Designer Libby Watson
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan
Musical Director Joseph Roberts
Sound Designer Dan Hoole

Ticket Offers

Schools and Youth Groups Booking Offer
Limited £10 tickets available for all performances (1 free teacher / leader per 10 tickets paid). Free pre-show workshops and cast Q&As are also available. Email for full details.

Groups Bookings
Groups 6+ £2 off per ticket, Groups 10+ £3 off per ticket.
Group organisers go free, applies to price bands A-C only. Only available over the phone or in person, book by calling Box Office on 020 8985 2424

Student Booking offer
Best available seats for just £10. Available for all performances, limited number. Student ID must be shown when collecting tickets.

British Sign LanguageSigned Performance
Sat 4 Oct at 3.00pm
Please email for advice on the best seats for viewing the sign language interpreter, Jacqui Beckford.

Contains strobe lighting

Support your local record shop. Thanks to Flashback Records, 50 Essex Road, London N1 8LR for lending us their shop for our photoshoot.

Presented by Hackney Empire and Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Howlingly funny from beginning to end
Daily Express ★★★★
observational comedy at its finest
Afridiziak.com ★★★★
A delight from start to finish
The Independent ★★★★
Stuffed with gags... this comedy about a vinyl-shop owner fighting developers has the feel of a stonking hit.
The Guardian ★★★★
wonderful, funny, humane, live reggae-saturated play
The Daily Telegraph ★★★★

Past Event

This show finished on: 5 Oct 2014

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